iXBT-Hardware brengt ons een review van de Celeron 566 uitgerust met de Coppermine128 core. Helaas had de reviewer geen zin om het ding te gaan testen op overklokbaarheid waardoor de proc niet echt goed uit de benchmarks rolde. Thresh's FiringSquad wist ons eerder te vertellen dat hun Celly 566 zo'n 900MHz wist te trekken.
Unfortunately, the shift to a new Intel Celeron core didn't lead to any improvements. Intel provided this new core with a powerful "brake", which locked the CPU's architectural advantages. The only positive thing about Celeron is its low price, which makes it suitable for really low-cost systems. However, even in this case you should bear in mind that together with the mainboards on i810, i810E and VIA Apollo Pro133A chipsets, which allow clocking the memory to 100MHz for the CPUs featuring 66MHz FSB, the performance gain may appear quite significant. But Intel Celeron should very soon acquire a really powerful competitor deprived of the listed drawbacks. This new CPU aimed at Low-End market sector is the upcoming AMD Duron with allegedly higher performance. It may actually force Intel to change their point of view, but on the other hand Celeron also has every chance to remain just an overclocking solution.
So, Intel Celeron based on the Coppermine128 core can be regarded only as a continuation of the low-cost CPUs family. It doesn't have any worthy practical advantages except SSE support. However, we should admit that although we failed to overclock our Celeron to 100MHz system bus, it is still quite possible due to a more progressive 0.18 micron technology. In this case a new Celeron processor will be a really nice solution even though Intel Pentium III on Coppermine core shows a much higher performance increase if overclocked.